Uses of the past in past societies: a global perspective

Tue 11 - Wed 12 Jun 2013, 10:30 - 18:30

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Professor Björn Weiler, Aberystwyth University
Dr Peter Lambert, Aberystwyth University

This conference convenes an international group of experts to ask how societies have debated, engaged with and refashioned their pasts. Such issues have come to the forefront in a variety of recent contexts: the Tea Party in the US, the teaching of history in UK schools, or the rewriting of history in countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. Yet to understand modern developments properly, they have to be approached from a truly comparative and global perspective. Speakers will explore areas and periods ranging from Imperial China to medieval Europe, colonial Mexico to Mughal India, and modern Africa.

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Speakers include: Dr Haki Antonsson, University College London Professor Timothy Barrett, SOAS, University of London Professor Allison Busch, Columbia University Professor Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania Professor Frederic Corney, College of William and Mary Professor Ilana Gershon, Indiana University Professor Richard Kagan, Johns Hopkins University Dr Dimitris Kastritsis, University of St Andrews Professor Dimitris Krallis, Simon Fraser University Dr Peter Lambert, Aberystwyth University Professor Dana Leibsohn, Smith College Professor Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University Professor Richard Rathbone, Aberystwyth University Professor Lucy Riall, European University Institute Professor Björn Weiler, Aberystwyth University

Evening Public Panel Discussion: Dr Nicholas Barratt, National Archives, London Dr Carol Davidson Cragoe, London Professor Janet Nelson, King's College London Dr Toby Green, King's College London Dr Geoffrey Cubbitt, University of York Professor Hugh Kennedy, SOAS Dr Michael Roberts, Aberystwyth University

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